Several NGOs criticized Viktor Orban’s party on Thursday for “copying dictatorial models that go against European values”.
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The Fidesz, party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday (June 10) tabled legislative amendments aimed at banning the “promotion” homosexuality or sex change among minors, according to a text published on the website of the Hungarian Parliament. If the proposal is adopted, educational programs or advertising supporting gays and lesbians would no longer be allowed in the country.
Five NGOs, including Amnesty International and Budapest Pride, immediately denounced, in a press release, “this new proposal” of Fidesz, similar to the Russian law which punishes any act of “propaganda” homosexual intended for the youngest. If these clauses are adopted, “freedom of expression and children’s rights would be severely restricted”, NGOs warned.
The non-governmental organizations behind the press release criticize Hungary for “copy dictatorial models that go against European values”. And regret that “the government is turning against its own citizens by following the example of Russia and China”.
This new anti-LGBT offensive comes against a backdrop of hardening of the politics of Viktor Orban, who brandishes loud and clear what he considers traditional Christian values, and promotes a “new era” cultural. In December 2020, Parliament adopted measures enshrining the traditional notion of family and “gender” in the Constitution, de facto prohibiting adoption by same-sex couples.